Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)



Critic Consensus: Beasts of the Southern Wild is a fantastical, emotionally powerful journey and a strong case of filmmaking that values imagination over money.

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In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood. Buoyed by her childish optimism and extraordinary imagination, she believes that the natural world is in balance with the universe until a fierce storm changes her reality. Desperate to repair the structure of her world in order to save her ailing father and sinking home, this tiny hero must learn to survive unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions. -- (C) Fox Searchlight

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Levy Easterly
as Jean-Battiste
Pamela Harper
as Little Jo
Gina Montana
as Miss Bathsheba
Nicholas Clark
as Boy With Bell
Joseph Brown
as Winston
Hannah Holby
as Open Arms Babysitter
Jimmy Lee Moore
as Sgt. Major
Kendra Harris
as Baby Hushpuppy
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Critic Reviews for Beasts of the Southern Wild

All Critics (207) | Top Critics (66)

The brilliant, original four-hankie dystopian family drama from New Orleans newcomer Benh Zeitlin far surpassed any expectations for a scruffy $1.5 million effort from an unknown film collective...

March 31, 2020 | Full Review…

The movie's mad gusto is truly infectious.

February 22, 2019 | Full Review…

It will not only stir your soul, but also open your mind to the possibility of a real-life Promised Land.

September 7, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Beasts of the Southern Wild, a deliciously dreamy tale about a fictional Bayou community in the backwaters of Louisiana, does not so much jump off the screen as float effortlessly off it.

August 11, 2017 | Full Review…

It's an amazing vision. A work of art.

November 14, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

What is also extraordinary is that almost all the people we see are actors. So this is not a documentary but a moving enactment by people who are themselves moved.

June 17, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Beasts of the Southern Wild

A spellbinding film that uses a shaky handheld camera (and grainy image) together with a lot of visual poetry to create a combination of naturalism and fantasy, with a wonderful performance by the young Quvenzhane Wallis in a touching story about love and courage.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Once there was a Hushpuppy... Good Film! You have never seen anything quite like "Beasts of the Southern Wild". It is a film that will have you thinking about the love between a father and a daughter, about appreciating what you have in life and our ability to adapt to whatever comes at us. Quvenzhané Wallis is certain to beat Anna Paquin and Tatum O'Neal out as the youngest best actress nominee in history. Best original Screenplay is also almost a certainty. Go in with an open mind and enjoy this unique film that plays almost like a documentary and yet is full of fantasy elements as well. If I have one quibble with the film it is the hand-held camera technique that at least in the early scenes is particularly annoying. It usually takes so much from my enjoyment of the film. I get it though, it gives it a more realistic feel and in this film it may have added to the overall experience. Still bugs me though. Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in the Bathtub, a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink's tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when he's no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack, temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink's health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.

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Manu Gino

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